Programs at Casa Werma

Private Personal Solo Retreat

Flexible Dates
In the protected oasis of Casa Werma, the basic goodness of human activity and society meet the tranquility of a garden-based retreat. Private, personal retreat offers the opportunity to settle and deepen into the experience of meditation and contemplation, free from the distractions of daily life.

Queer Dharma Family Giving Thanks

con Eve Rosenthal

November 23 - 30, 2019
Casa Werma
In this retreat we will gently explore our identity: How do I define myself? How am I perceived? How does this influence my relationship to others and society?

From Sacred Outlook to Sacred Activism

con Martin (Marty) Janowitz

December 14 - 21, 2019
Casa Werma
This is a time when uncertainty, menace, and perhaps defenselessness are vivid sensations in our world, affecting us, others, and our environment near and far. What can we do as practitioners to be a force for peace, safety and compassion? What could enlightened engagement, protection and activism mean? The goal of this program is to stimulate and challenge us to engage powerfully and creatively in the emergence of a truly sustainable and basically good world - supporting, enduring and enriching personal communal and global pathways.

Women’s Wisdom Weekthun

con Sandra Ladley

January 25 - February 1, 2020
Casa Werma
This retreat is for women to come together in a beautiful setting surrounded by lush gardens to experience deep meditation practice, sacred community and creative expression. We will have the opportunity to connect deeply with ourselves with the aspiration to return home refreshed with the strength, passion and personal alignment to meet these challenging times with an open heart and mind.

Joyful Wisdom: A Maitri-Mahamudra Retreat for Older Women

con Susan Gillis Chapman

February 8 - 15, 2020
Casa Werma
Let's warm up the space of traditional mahamudra investigations by compassionately exploring, healing and transforming the juicy and challenging emotions triggered by our life stories.

Yeshe Tsogyal: The Inseparable Union of Feminine and Masculine Principles

con Melissa Moore

February 29 - March 7, 2020
Casa Werma
This week-long practice intensive will evoke and celebrate the life and teachings of Yeshe Tsogyal.

Limitless Ayatanas: Scorpion Seal and Werma Practice Intensive

con Judith Simmer-Brown

March 17 - 24, 2020
Casa Werma
Discovering the Sacredness of Sense Perceptions through the Werma Sadhana

EcoDharma: Rediscovering Our Environmental Wisdom

con Dr. Pasquale Verdicchio and Mayela Manasjan

April 4 - 9, 2020
Casa Werma
In this program we will explore the links between ecology and dharma through a variety of readings, meditation, and contemplation exercises. We will also learn about our climate crisis, evaluate our personal carbon emissions and create our own personal climate action plans.

Riding the Energy of Emotions

con Dale Asrael

April 15 - 22, 2020
Casa Werma
Our human emotions can be a spiral of confusion or a vehicle of awakening. This retreat engages practices drawn from Buddhist meditation which reveal the wisdom inherent within the direct experience of emotional energy. Meditation, contemplative movement, inquiry, and exploration of sense perceptions form the basis of this retreat.